Best of the bakkies

2010-11-13 11:41

Gone are the days when the good ol’ bakkie was a farmer’s workhorse.

Foton Thunda

This one is for the small business owner who needs a good workhorse to carry his goods from one place to the next. It comes in a single or double cab; but be warned – the Foton Thunda is not made for luxury or any off-roading other than a long stretch of gravel road.

It’s slightly cramped, but the occupants won’t feel like

sardines while sitting in the double cab model.

If the occupants really need to stretch their legs, they’ll have to sit at the back.

Quick stats

Engine: 2.2 CV single cab

Power: 76kW

Torque 193Nm

Price: From R99, 950

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Trying to make a bakkie look sexy is totally different to modifying the average car – they need big bull bars, roof rails and massive tyres to wrap the alloy rims. Ford’s latest Ranger comes standard with 18-inch diamond-cut style rims, a nice touch that will have enthusiasts raving. But don’t let the cool cat looks fool you as this bakkie is more than capable of holding its own on tough terrain. It also has a nifty instrument cluster in the centre of the dashboard which displays incline and departure angles, sideways tilt angle, as well as temperatures inside and outside the vehicle.

Quick stats

Engine: 3.0 TDCi 4X4

Power: 115kW

Torque 380Nm

Price: From R375, 990

Volkswagen Amarok

The Amarok is gaining street cred at an incredible rate, least of all because changing from low or high range just takes a touch of a button next to the gear lever while driving, and you’re ready to wade through sand or rocky paths. The gear lever is sweet because it’s so short it adds to the driver’s comfort, making it feel like you’re driving any other vehicle.

The only negative about the Amarok is that side bars do not come standard so getting into it is a mission – and not one you want to undertake in a pencil skirt.

Quick stats

Engine: 2.0 BiTDI

Power: 120kW

Torque 400Nm

Price: From R316, 840

Nissan Navara

The Amarok is gaining street cred at an incredible rate, least of all because changing from low or high range just takes a touch of a button next to the gear lever while driving, and you’re ready to wade through sand or rocky paths. The gear lever is sweet because it’s so short it adds to the driver’s comfort, making it feel like you’re driving any other vehicle.

The only negative about the Amarok is that side bars do not come standard so getting into it is a mission – and not one you want to undertake in a pencil skirt.

Quick stats

Engine: 3.0dCi 4X4

Power: 170kW

Torque 550Nm

Price: From R292, 900


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